Alligators, witches and spooky mansions aren’t your average neighbors unless you live in the Ornofree swamp in the backwater town of Hadleyville. The town’s bad boy, Pete Riley, may only be twelve, but he’s up to his eyeballs in trouble. The trouble arrives when a legendary hundred-year-old mansion materializes next door and the Ornofree alligators declare war to save their swamp from bulldozers. Then Pete’s guardian aunt and her friends vanish trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft. Pete must find the witches and stop the war. He might succeed if his one friend, Weasel, sticks with him.
Ah, yes. It’s been a year since the inception of Indies Unlimited and nearly that long since I joined as co-conspirator…I mean co-administrator. So here I recline, upon a body pillow stuffed with the money I’ve made here, and showered with Canadian dollars (I prefer those because they’re colorful) by handsome hockey players I was able to hire cheaply because of the NHL lockout. Oh, wait. I guess that’s just in my mind.
After all, Indies Unlimited is staffed completely by volunteers. Any money I’ve made is thanks to Rich Meyer whose recent tutorials about how to make book covers gave me the brilliant idea to start printing money on my inkjet. Of course, I haven’t tried to spend any yet. Do you think they’ll pass?
Of course, I’ve never been in this thing for the money. I’ve been in it for the fame and adulation. Money usually follows that. I like that my weekly tutorials help people. But what I really like is that people now consider me an industry expert. Ha! People will believe anything, won’t they? But I digress. This isn’t about me. But what the hell, let’s talk about me some more anyway. Or not. Continue reading “Happy Anniversary to IU”
Step right up and cast your vote for this week’s winner in the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge!
You can check out this week’s entries here. The entrants did a great job with the writing prompt and the merciless constraints of the exercise. Vote for your fave and then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word that the vote is on.
Which author wrote your favorite entry in this week's flash fiction challenge?
- S P Mount (38%, 31 Votes)
- Robert K. Blechman (21%, 17 Votes)
- Yvonne Hertzberger (11%, 9 Votes)
- Chris James (10%, 8 Votes)
- Lynne Cantwell (9%, 7 Votes)
- J. A. Cunningham (5%, 4 Votes)
- Brian Beam (4%, 3 Votes)
- S. E. Myers (4%, 3 Votes)
- Timothy Hurley (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 82
To mark the 1st anniversary of Indies Unlimited, the Evil Mastermind allowed some previously sealed records from the IU bunker to be released to historians. Among them, this rare transcript of the first ever IU meeting…
Stephen: Right, settle down, I’m calling this meeting of the Writers Unlimited Finding Force to order.
Ed: Hang on, who are you to call us to order? Why can’t I call us to order?
Stephen: Because I’m the Evil Mastermind, so I’m in charge. Continue reading “How It All Began”